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Smoking Bans In Saudi

Ten of thousands of Saudis die every year from smoking-related causes, and the government is taking notice. A public awareness campaign alongside heavily increased tariffs is working to discourage the purchase of cigarettes. Some of these ads - as well as some homemade additions - are showing up on twitter under the hashtag "#smoking in Saudi Arabia."

#التدخين_�ي_السعودية (: pic.twitter.com/VLLKWIfzLj

— المها الشمري. (@memo10109) January 7, 2014

Twitter users are also promoting awareness by tweeting and retweeting frightening statistics. For example, one user posted a screenshot of a news article, writing, "more than 70% of students begin their relationship with smoking during the exam period."

دراسة.. أكثر من 70بالمئة من الطلاب بدأت علاقتهم بالتدخين �ي �ترة الامتحانات.(الشرق) #التدخين_�ي_السعودية#الاختباراتpic.twitter.com/EM9XCie2U7

— هاشتاق السعودية (@HashKSA) January 7, 2014

A YouTube video details the efforts made by the Saudi Health Ministry to combat the smoking epidemic.

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